The European ceramic industry is an integral part of the European Union's economic structure, and is perhaps one of Europe's oldest industries. It covers a wide range of nine sectors including bricks & roof tiles, wall & floor tiles, clay pipes, sanitaryware, table- & ornamentalware, abrasives, refractories, technical ceramics and porcelain enamel. These sectors cover applications for construction, high temperature processes, automotive, energy, environment, consumer goods, mining, defence, aerospace, medical devices and much more.

The ceramic industry is a world leader in producing value added, uniquely designed high quality ceramic products manufactured by flexible and innovative companies, mainly SMEs. The ceramics industry represents an annual turnover of around € 28 billion, accounting for approximately 25% of the global production and over 200,000 direct jobs in the EU. The EU ceramic industry is export-oriented with 30% of its production sold outside the EU market.

Further information on the European ceramic industry can be found on the website of Cerame-Unie, the European Ceramic Industry Association.


MEP Inmaculada Rodriguez-Piñero, EP Ceramics Forum Chair, advocates for the European ceramic industry in the European Parliament on 2 December 2015 (video in Spanish).